Chinese language information discourse

Recontextualizing political metaphor in information discourse

A case learn about of the Chinese language president’s metaphors in English experiences

Li Pan1 and Chuxin Huang
DOI: 10.4324/9781003032984-7


The shut courting between politics, language and media may also be mirrored in that political discourse continuously bureaucracy a an important a part of media discourse (Schäffner & Bassnett, 2010; Okulska & Cap, 2010). The discourse produced via political leaders is frequently of significant fear to their very own nation and society, the media or even the world neighborhood. When the media recontextualize and keep up a correspondence the speeches of politicians, they now not simplest tell the target market what the audio system have mentioned, but in addition affect how the readers view the politicians and their public utterances via positioning the audio system and their discourse within the information protection (Schäffner, 2015). In different phrases, the recontextualization of political discourse to media discourse issues now not simplest what thought is conveyed but in addition how it’s expressed. Political discourse has lengthy been analysed as “a method of codifying the best way public orators used language for persuasive and different functions” within the Western vintage rhetoric (Chilton, 2004, p. ix). Political metaphor utilized by political leaders, as a big linguistic characteristic of political discourse, has been extensively circulated and gained a lot media consideration (Charteris-Black, 2011; Musolff, 2016). On the other hand, how political metaphor is accommodated in information media has a ways from been completely researched. What is particularly fascinating however little touched upon is how political metaphors utilized by political leaders of their public speeches are translated and recontextualized within the home and international media.

Drawing upon the recontextualization ideas in Crucial Discourse Research (CDA) (Fairclough, 2003) and the Appraisal Idea (AT) (Martin & White, 2005), the authors suggest an analytical style to inspect the recontextualization of metaphors utilized by political leaders in information discourse throughout languages and cultures. This learn about investigates a metaphor that the Chinese language President Xi Jinping utilized in his speech throughout a 2019 discuss with to Nepal and its various English variations quoted in English information experiences disseminated each via the Chinese language and the Anglo-American media with the intention to discover how a Chinese language political metaphor utilized in political speech is got rid of from its authentic context, quoted, accommodated and recontextualized in English media experiences. The analysis questions are (1) What are the diversities between the translations of the political metaphor via the Chinese language and the Anglo-American media? (2) How is the metaphor quoted and recontextualized in information discourse? (3) Why does the recontextualization of metaphors vary within the information discourse via the Chinese language and the Western media?

(Re)contextualization of political metaphor in information and translation

International media are discovered lively in reporting and spreading metaphors sourced from political discourse (Charteris-Black, 2011; Musolff, 2016). The language utilized in political contexts bureaucracy a style or form of discourse – “political discourse” – in part as a result of political actions are “in large part discursive” (van Dijk, 1997, p. 37). Metaphor has been hired for persuasion in political discourse since Aristotle (Charteris-Black, 2014). The Conceptual Metaphor Idea (CMT) holds that metaphors don’t seem to be simply linguistic expressions however replicate how our ideas, attitudes and movements are arranged (Lakoff & Johnson, 1980; Ortony, 1993). A metaphor thus would possibly evoke numerous understandings of its supply symbol given our other reviews and perceptions concerning the symbol. In a similar way, political metaphor frames or influences how we understand or perceive political problems via exploiting the supply area photographs to cover or spotlight positive sides of the objective ideas in query (Musolff, 2016). Metaphors are “merchandise of discourse, and thus are completely contextualized” or “inseparable from context” (Gibbs & Lonergan, 2009, p. 251). The persuasion of political metaphor may be “a multi-layered discourse serve as” dependent at the interplay between “goal, linguistic selection and context” (Charteris-Black, 2011, p. 51). Political metaphors are subsequently contextually contingent in relation to the manufacturing and interpretation in their meanings or intents, particularly in terms of recontextualization.

The connections throughout contexts may also be understood as intertextuality, which may be “an issue of recontextualization” (Fairclough, 2003, p. 61). In addressing the recontextualization of political metaphor in information discourse, the political discourse is seen as taken out of its originated context to go into the inside track discourse context. For the reason that “the media belong to the primary actors in political communique” (Schäffner & Bassnett, 2010, p. 3) and the media additionally have interaction with political occasions and discourse in information manufacturing, “journalistic texts are thus additionally in intertextual family members with political texts, which, additionally, may also be family members of intertextuality throughout languages and cultures” (Schaffner, 2012, p. 112).

Bernstein (1990) defines recontextualization as having a discourse relocated from its authentic context or observe and appropriated inside every other one. In accordance with Bernstein’s relatively slender definition, Fairclough (1988, 2003) and Chouliaraki and Fairclough (1999) widely outline recontextualization as a illustration of social occasions. Additionally, recontextualization in information discourse will have to imagine information as “the social development of truth” (Fowler, 1991, p. 10). On this learn about, the recontextualization of political discourse in information discourse comes to each the citation of political metaphor as a communicative match and the appropriation of the quoted metaphor in information discourse.

What makes quotations of political speeches in information experiences throughout languages tending to provide ambiguity is that they’re in most cases quoted within the goal language within the information as though the unique audio system in fact uttered them within the goal language. The citation is represented as both a reported speech that comes to “a change of truth” signalled via linguistic indicators (Günthner, 1992, p. 225) or an instantaneous speech that could be deceptive in reporting the political discourse for the usage of citation marks does now not essentially put across the unique meanings (Brownlie, 2010). Within the instances of quoting international languages, translation is invisible; whether or not the interpretation must be “undertaken via the journalist or via anyone else is totally elided” (Brownlie, 2010, p. 40). When the quoted extracts are decontextualized from the political context after which recontextualized into the inside track discourse, the modified angle and goal will likely be carefully associated with “the brand new context, the needs that translators and different brokers … pursue and their general political objectives” (Ietcu-Fairclough, 2008, p. 68). Such quotations would possibly entail the site or negotiation of discourse individuals and social realities via generating competing narratives within the unfolding texts.

In representing the quotes of international political discourse in information experiences, the media can lodge to other translated variations and reporting verbs to subtly alternate the unique that means and goal. In interlingual information reporting, the quotations of the political metaphors act because the contextualization cues on the intertextual degree in information reporting (Schäffner & Bassnett, 2010; Schäffner, 2008, 2012). Whilst the lexical pieces of political metaphors quoted in information are key to their persuasion and interpretation within the media context (Pan & Huang, 2020), different co-occurring indicators within the information textual content additionally subject. On this sense, now not simplest the analysis of the ones cues but in addition the translations of the metaphor need to depend on “co-occurrence judgements” manifested in different components (Gumperz, 1989, p. 3).

Thus, it’s fascinating to check how the other translations of the similar metaphor sourced from political discourse are quoted and recontextualized via numerous English information media. Students have touched upon the political metaphors utilized in media discourse from numerous sides, such because the impact of political metaphors on supporting or deflecting public critiques in mass-media language (De Landtsheer, 2009), the relation of the communicative possible of metaphor use in headlines to their culture-specific components (White & Herrera, 2009), and the difference of the similar political metaphors recontextualized in media language (Kövecses, 2009). The difference of metaphor is extra widespread in interlingual information reporting the place a political metaphor from the originated context is translated, reworked and recontextualized, for the reason that the metaphors are discovered disambiguated in press translation (Gumul, 2010, p. 99). Thus far, most commonly investigated is appropriation or mediation in media translation in keeping with (re)framing (Baker, 2007; Valdeón, 2008; van Doorslaer, 2010; Pan, 2014, 2015; Qin & Zhang, 2018; Wu, 2018; Liu, 2019), whilst somewhat underrepresented is how the quotes of political metaphors are translated and contextualized in information translation (Schäffner, 2008, 2012; Pan, 2019; Pan & Huang, 2020). Much more infrequently explored are the other functions and purposes of the quoted and relocated political metaphors from one observe or context to every other.

Recontextualizing political metaphor: an analytical style

On this learn about, recontextualization, because the incorporation of political metaphor from Chinese language political discourse into English media discourse, comes to a motion of the discursive observe of political speech, e.g. the deal with via President Xi in a international discuss with, to the media observe of stories experiences, both via the Chinese language or the international media within the English language. Determine 4.1 illustrates the recontextualization of political metaphor in information discourse as a social observe throughout language and cultural barriers.

Determine 4.1Modelling recontextualization of political metaphors in information discourse

As Determine 4.1 signifies, recontextualization from political to media discourse is rarely easy nor clear, particularly when translation is concerned. As Fairclough (2006, p. 85) argues, the shape or that means of occasions narrated in information discourse “are reworked consistent with the style conventions of stories narratives”. Fairclough (2003) develops the 4 ideas of recontextualization in discourse practices: Presence, Abstraction, Association and Additions (pp. 139–140). Presence signifies which components of occasions are represented, provide/absent, outstanding/background. Abstraction suggests the stage of abstraction/generalization from concrete actual occasions. Additions refers to what’s inserted in representing specific occasions for rationalization/legitimation, akin to causes or functions and analysis. Association offers with how the supply fabrics or occasions are reorganized. Those discursive practices may also be similarly manifested in reworking quoted metaphors in media translation. As in Determine 4.1, the inside track discourse recontextualizes the metaphor sourced from political discourse by way of the Presence and Abstraction of the unique metaphors via translation and citation, and the Additions and Association of alternative intertextual or contextual components in information protection.

On the similar time, a citation of metaphor is in most cases mixed with “a impartial reporting with an analysis” (Schäffner & Bassnett, 2010, p. 5). The AT evolved via Martin and White (2005) examines how language construes analysis in discourse via exploiting 3 methods of linguistic sources: angle, engagement and commencement, so to place the discourse manufacturers interactively with their potential target market. The engagement machine in AT translates “the communicative preparations during which the journalistic creator engages dialogistically with the range of voices and viewpoints” (White, 2012, p. 58). When the inside track newshounds place the political metaphors attributed to the political leaders, the authorial angle in opposition to the quotes may also be activated by way of the engagement sources, i.e. the reporting verbs within the authorial voice, which sign a numerous stance or angle to the quoted supply (White, 2012) and would possibly additional direct public critiques.

At the same time as, as an institutional observe, the worldwide information businesses in most cases give directions on devoted and correct translation of quotes in information reporting (Bielsa & Bassnett, 2009, pp. 71, 88). On the other hand, the image is also other and sophisticated in quoting political metaphors given their numerous that means potentials for critiques (Charteris-Black, 2011), which would possibly result in misrepresentation or mistranslation in information protection. In reporting the Chinese language president’s metaphors, recontextualization is needful for translating and embedding them in English information, intertextually, interlingually and interculturally.

To probe the complexity of recontextualization, it’s important to research in what tactics and for what causes positive metaphor(s) are quoted in discourse practices. Drawing at the recontextualization ideas in CDA (Fairclough, 2003) and the engagement machine in AT (Martin & White, 2005), an analytical style is proposed to inspect the recontextualization of political metaphor to media discourse, principally via translation and citation. Since political metaphors had been steadily discovered within the type of direct quotations and reported speeches (Schäffner, 2008, 2012; Musolff, 2016) and somewhat frequently used within the information headlines (Charteris-Black, 2011), the style takes the textual context as its place to begin, specializing in the relocation of metaphor from political speech into each the headlines and quotations in information.

In particular, in addressing the recontextualization of metaphor from a political speech to the headline, direct citation and reported speech in information experiences, the style can incorporate the textual research of Presence, Abstraction, Association and Addition of the linguistic options of metaphor and its surrounding texts in media discourse. The added price or analysis all through the inside track may also be tested with the toolkit of AT in relation to the evaluative meanings of the reporting verbs and different contextual cues in signalling goal, positioning and stance. Determine 4.2 presentations the procedures for analysing the recontextualization procedure.

Determine 4.2Analysing recontextualization of political metaphors in information discourse

Determine 4.2 illustrates the analytical framework for recontextualizing political metaphors in information discourse. It first appears to be like at how the Chinese language political metaphor is represented and reworked in English information discourse via translation and citation, i.e. the Presence and Abstraction of metaphorical photographs, which would possibly indicate differed attitudes. The research then explores the Addition of engagement components to the quoted metaphors, i.e. the reporting verbs and their surrounding authorial feedback in media experiences. The research is after all prolonged to the Association of alternative textual components and reported occasions within the experiences which can be associated with the political metaphors and their authentic context.

Recontextualizing the Chinese language president’s metaphor


To analyze how the Chinese language president’s metaphors are recontextualized within the English experiences via each the mainstream Chinese language media and Anglo-American media, we center of attention on some of the metaphors utilized by President Xi in his talks with the Nepali Top Minister Ok. P. Sharma Oli throughout his first Nepali state discuss with between 12 and 13 October 2019. The Chinese language metaphor comes from Xi’s observation “任何人企图在中国任何地区搞分裂,结果只能是粉身碎骨” after Oli conveyed Nepal’s stance of supporting the one-China coverage and different core pursuits of China. It’s so a ways one in every of Xi’s maximum quoted metaphors within the English reporting of his addresses out of doors China, as present in our pilot research on media translations of Xi’s metaphors on home or world events.

The research centres at the English variations of “粉身碎骨”. The previous a part of the unique observation, “任何人企图在中国任何地区搞分裂”, is without delay rendered as “someone that makes an attempt separatist actions in any area of China”. On the other hand, the latter section “粉身碎骨”, describing the results of the brokers or their separatist actions, is somewhat sophisticated and prone to manipulation or misrepresentation via translation, as a result of whether or not and to what extent the unique metaphorical photographs are reproduced in its English translations turns out somewhat volatile and contextually dependent. Thus, we choose to not give its translation and as an alternative to peer how it’s represented within the English experiences.

The information is composed of 16 English information experiences together with 11 articles from 9 Anglo-American mainstream media, amounting to 7,731 phrases, and 5 articles from 3 Chinese language information media, totalling 1,749 phrases. The time vary for the accrued information is between 13 and 16 October 2019, the 4 days after Xi’s state discuss with to Nepal. The headlines are normally considered “the store window show of newspaper” (White & Herrera, 2009, p. 136). All of the 16 headlines within the knowledge are offered in Tables 4.1 and four.2, the place the English variations of “粉身碎骨” are marked in daring sort. The e-newsletter date of each and every article is proven following each and every headline within the Tables 4.1 and four.2.

Desk 4.1 Headlines and assets of the Anglo-American media experiences E-newsletter



1. Hong Kong protests: President Xi warns of “our bodies smashed” (14 October 2019)


2. China’s Xi warns makes an attempt to divide China will lead to “shattered bones” (13 October 2019)

3. Tens of 1000’s of Hong Kong protesters plead for U.S. assist (14 October 2019)

The Telegraph

4. China’s Xi warns efforts to divide China will finish with “overwhelmed our bodies and shattered bones” (14 October 2019)

The Father or mother

5. Hong Kong protests are at “life-threatening degree”, say police (14 October 2019)

6. Hong Kong: Carrie Lam hints at additional measures to suppress protests (15 October 2019)


7. Xi vows makes an attempt to separate China will “lead to overwhelmed our bodies and shattered bones” (14 October 2019)

ABC Information

8. President Xi Jinping vows Chinese language separatists will likely be “smashed to items” as US-themed protests start in Hong Kong (14 October 2019)

Industry Insider

9. Xi Jinping warns that makes an attempt to divide China will finish with “overwhelmed our bodies and shattered bones” (14 October 2019)

Fox Information

10. China’s Xi Jinping warns makes an attempt to divide nation will lead to “overwhelmed our bodies and shattered bones” (14 October 2019)

The New York Instances (NYT)

11. Hong Kong chief, Carrie Lam, will get jeered, tainting annual deal with (16 October 2019)

Desk 4.2 Headlines and assets of the Chinese language media experiences E-newsletter



12. Xi says China able to advance pleasant cooperation with Nepal (13 October 2019)

China Day-to-day

13. Any try to cut up China will lead to useless: Xi (13 October 2019)

14. President salutes Nepal, warns separatists (14 October 2019)


15. President Xi Jinping says any makes an attempt to split China will fail (13 October 2019)

16. Xi Jinping says any try to cut up China will lead to useless (14 October 2019)


The research examines the citation of the metaphor in relation to the 4 methods of recontextualization, i.e. Presence, Abstraction, Association and Addition, and compares the relocation of the Chinese language metaphor within the headline, direct citation and reported speech within the English information experiences via Chinese language and Anglo-American media. Presence is detected in representing the metaphor and its photographs. Abstraction is helping to relocate the metaphor as quotations. Addition comprises putting the reporting verbs and surrounding phrases within the quotes. Association extends to the ordering of textual components associated with the relocated metaphor and its authentic context within the unfolding experiences.

Presence: transformation and illustration of metaphor

The illustration of a Chinese language political metaphor in English information discourse issues the transformation in the best way of translation. It could be argued that the English variations of President Xi’s metaphor in media discourse don’t seem to be strictly translations. On the other hand, because the metaphor isn’t authentic in English however Chinese language, the English variations are one way or the other translated from Chinese language into English and subsequently nearly the English translations of the Chinese language metaphor.

All of the English variations of the metaphor “粉身碎骨” extracted from the Anglo-American and the Chinese language media experiences are illustrated in Desk 4.3. The frequency of the English metaphors exceeds the choice of articles since some experiences additionally come with the metaphor within the headlines or incorporate it greater than as soon as in a textual content. Longer extracts of the metaphors in information are proven underneath.

Desk 4.3 English variations of the Chinese language metaphor quoted within the experiences Anglo-American media

(11 articles, 23 metaphors)

Chinese language media

(5 articles, 9 metaphors)

1. in overwhelmed our bodies and shattered bones/lead to shattered bones

(n=13) (Reuters, The Telegraph, The Father or mother, CNN, Industry Insider, Fox Information)

2. be overwhelmed

(n=4) (Reuters, The Father or mother, CNN)

3. be smashed (in)to items

(n=3) (ABC Information)

4. perish, with their our bodies smashed and bones flooring to powder/our bodies smashed

(n=2) (BBC)

5. be ruined

(n=1) (NYT)

1. be/lead to useless

(n=3) (China Day-to-day, CGTN)

2. be overwhelmed

(n=2) (Xinhua, CGTN)

3. be smashed into items

(n=2) (China Day-to-day)

4. fail

(n=2) (CGTN)

In information headlines, the English variations of the metaphor somewhat vary within the Anglo-American and Chinese language media discourse. Six headlines via the Anglo-American media (see Desk 4.1) incorporate and make salient the metaphorical photographs “身” (our bodies) or “骨” (bones). 3 headlines of the Chinese language media experiences (see Desk 4.2) foreground its supposed meanings whilst concealing the photographs within the expressions like “lead to useless” and “fail”.

Quotes within the Anglo-American media:

1.“Someone who makes an attempt to separate any area from China will perish, with their our bodies smashed and bones flooring to powder”, Mr Xi mentioned, consistent with a international ministry remark issued on Sunday. (BBC, 14 October 2019)

2.“Someone making an attempt to separate China in any a part of the rustic will lead to overwhelmed our bodies and shattered bones”, he instructed Nepal’s Top Minister KP Sharma Oli in a gathering on Sunday, consistent with China’s state broadcaster CCTV. (Reuters, 13 October 2019)

3.Xi mentioned that “those that have interaction in separatist actions in any a part of China will likely be smashed into items” throughout a gathering with the Nepalese high minister Ok. P. Sharma, consistent with the state-owned newspaper China Day-to-day, […] (ABC Information, 14 October 2019)

4.Chinese language President Xi Jinping warned on Sunday that any try to divide China will likely be overwhelmed, […] (Reuters, 13 October 2019)

5.“Someone making an attempt to separate any a part of China will simplest be ruined”, Mr. Xi mentioned. (NYT, 16 October 2019)

The above 5 variations (in daring sort) are known from the 11 information experiences via the Anglo-American media since some seem in two or extra articles. All expressions raise the literal meanings to various extents. (1) and (2) are the one two word-for-word variations that explicate the photographs “our bodies” and “bones”. “Perish” and “flooring to powder” in (1) appear to be an over-translation that deviates from the unique intents of metaphor use. Model (3) “smashed into items” normally conveys the photographs “our bodies” and “bones”, which might be got rid of in (4) and (5).

Quotes within the Chinese language media:

6.Those that have interaction in separatist actions in any a part of China will likely be smashed into items, Xi mentioned, […] (China Day-to-day, 14 October 2019)

7.“Someone making an attempt separatist actions in any a part of China will likely be overwhelmed …”, mentioned the Chinese language president. (Xinhua, 13 October 2019)

8.Chinese language President Xi Jinping on Sunday wired that any try to cut up China and the Chinese language other folks in any area will likely be overwhelmed […] (CGTN, 14 October 2019)

9.Chinese language President Xi Jinping says any makes an attempt to separate China will fail. (CGTN, 13 October 2019)

10.He additionally mentioned that any strive via separatists to separate China will likely be in useless. (China Day-to-day, 14 October 2019)

4 English variations are discovered within the Chinese language media experiences. They don’t seem to be as literal as the ones within the Anglo-American media experiences. No variations maintain the photographs “our bodies” and “bones” in a word-for-word method. Whilst (6) depicts each the motion “smashed” and end result “into items”, it replaces “身” and “骨” with the overall “items”. In contrast to (6), (7) and (8) simplest put across the motion via “be overwhelmed”. “Fail” and “be in useless” in (9) and (10) totally exclude the metaphorical photographs whilst reproducing the supposed that means of metaphor use.

Abstraction: citation of metaphor

The presence of a Chinese language political metaphor can generate numerous quotations in English information on a scale of abstraction, manifested via how a lot of the metaphor is gifted within the quotations. Whether or not the unique metaphor is represented as an instantaneous citation or reported speech in information experiences is connected to the stage of generality in relocating it in information discourse.

An instantaneous citation of the metaphor attributed to Xi unearths its method into 5 of the 10 variations proven within the remaining phase (e.g. (1) to (3), (5) and (7)), the place the quotes of metaphor are enclosed in citation marks. Amongst the ones direct quotes, “with their our bodies smashed and bones flooring to powder” and “lead to overwhelmed our bodies and shattered bones” point out a decrease abstraction or upper concretization of the metaphorical photographs, whilst the opposite 3 variations like “overwhelmed” and “smashed into items” point out the next stage of generality and likewise to find some hint of the photographs.

Oblique quotes are utilized in the rest 5 examples ((4), (6) and (8) to (10)), the place no citation marks are integrated. Amongst them, “fail” and “be in useless” undergo no hint of the metaphorical photographs and manifest the perfect degree of vagueness while both “overwhelmed” or “smashed into items” within the different 3 variations point out a decrease degree of abstraction.

It’s value noting that all of the word-for-word translations are offered as direct quotations while the at no cost translations are represented as oblique quotes within the experiences. When it comes to Abstraction, the metaphor represented within the lowest abstraction is susceptible towards an instantaneous citation whilst the model with the perfect abstraction has a tendency to be manifested in an oblique quote.

Addition: reporting verbs and authorial voices

Reporting verbs are added to the quotes of metaphor relocated from political speech to media experiences because the intertextual cues. The reporting verbs additionally point out the reporters’ analysis in opposition to and engagement with the quoted voice in information reporting (Martin & White, 2005; White, 2012). Desk 4.4 summarizes the reporting verbs added to the quotations of metaphor within the accrued experiences.

Desk 4.4 Reporting verbs for the English quotes of metaphors Anglo-American media (11 articles, 23 verbs)

Chinese language media (5 articles, 9 verbs)

1. warns/warned (n=9)

2. mentioned (n=9)

3. instructed (n=3)

4. vows (n=2)

1. says/mentioned (n=7)

2. wired (n=1)

3. warns/warned (n=1)

As Desk 4.4 presentations, 5 reporting verbs are added to the quoted metaphor: warns/warned, says/mentioned, instructed, vows and wired. The Anglo-American media most commonly use “warns/warned” or “mentioned” whilst the Chinese language media choose “says/mentioned”. In keeping with the engagement machine of AT, “warns/warned”, “vows” and “wired” point out an incisive stance in opposition to or alienation from the quotes, and “says/mentioned” and “instructed” sign a impartial reporting. Whilst the unmarked verbs like “says/mentioned” undertaking the quotes “for the reader’s attention”, the habitual attitudinal “warns/warned” within the Anglo-American media experiences are more likely to distance the writers from the quoted metaphors, thus attitudinally positioning the readers “to treat the proposition favorably” (White, 2012, pp. 62–64).

The quotations of metaphor would possibly incorporate “extra elaborate metacommentary” in the course of the newshounds’ “interpretive lens” to put the quoted speaker or speech in a definite mild (Hodges, 2015, p. 51). Thus, the site of reporting verbs for quoting the metaphor may also be associated with the encompassing authorial feedback, as underlined within the following examples.

11.Chinese language President Xi Jinping warned on Sunday that any try to divide China will likely be overwhelmed, as Beijing faces political demanding situations in months-long protests in Hong Kong and U.S. grievance over its remedy of Muslim minority teams. (Reuters, 13 October 2019)

In (11), “Beijing faces political demanding situations […]” following the quote seems to supply background data within the reporter’s voice for working out “be overwhelmed” and justify the lexical selection of “warned” as an alternative of a impartial verb. On the other hand, the addition to the quote is beside the point to the unique context of Xi’s metaphor use, after he instructed the Nepali PM that China appreciates Nepal’s strengthen of the one-China coverage.

Except for the attitudinal reporting verbs, the reported speech framed via the impartial reporting verb can be surrounded via the authorial analysis of the quote. As proven within the following extract, the direct citation with the unmarked “mentioned” is preceded via the authorial voice “delivered a harsh caution towards”, which would possibly steer the translation of “be ruined” in step with the reporter’s analysis.

12.Mr. Xi delivered a harsh caution towards separatism on Sunday, even though he didn’t particularly point out Hong Kong. “Someone making an attempt to separate any a part of China will simplest be ruined”, Mr. Xi mentioned. (NYT, 16 October 2019)

Association: collection of stories occasions and allocation of the metaphor

The association of metaphor-related occasions and the allocation of the metaphor in information discourse collectively place the political metaphor in recontextualization. Two experiences respectively via China Day-to-day and NYT are decided on as samples to inspect the co-occurring cues instrumental in relocating the metaphor in information experiences. The China Day-to-day textual content is selected for its lexical possible choices of the metaphor (see (6)) that vary from different Chinese language media experiences. The NYT article is chosen for the irrelevance of its headline to the unique context of metaphor use.

President salutes Nepal, warns separatists (China Day-to-day, 14 October 2019)

Within the headline of the China Day-to-day document, “salutes” and “warns” sign Xi’s opposing attitudes towards Nepal and separatists. The thing began with introducing Xi’s discuss with to Nepal, adopted via an oblique speech of Xi pointing out China’s appreciation of “Nepal’s stance of upholding the one-China coverage […]”. Then the 2 quotes of metaphor (e.g. (6) and (10)) display up. What follows is the Nepali PM Oli’s remarks of “his nation’s strengthen of China in safeguarding its nationwide sovereignty and territorial integrity”. The rest textual content centres at the talks between Xi and Oli, additionally the one quoted voices. Total, the relation and cooperation between the 2 international locations are the primary subjects of the object, helping distinction and foreground the detrimental angle in opposition to separatism carried via the reported metaphor.

Hong Kong chief, Carrie Lam, will get jeered, tainting annual deal with (NYT, 16 October 2019)

The NYT article experiences Carrie Lam’s annual coverage deal with on 16 October, which was once interrupted via some lawmakers. Her deal with is quoted as “any acts that … threaten the rustic’s sovereignty, safety and hobby … may not be tolerated”, sharing the stance taken in Xi’s metaphor within the research. On the other hand, this citation is inserted between the opposite six quotes that disagreed along with her speech. As an example, a lawmaker is quoted “don’t rely on it” whilst an electrician is reported to treat the speech as “one thing shallow”. Till with reference to the tip of the document, Xi’s metaphor is offered as “a harsh caution towards separatism” (e.g. (12)). As Carrie Lam’s deal with is contested via the authorial and maximum attributed voices, the quote of Xi’s metaphor may be suppressed within the document the place separatism is supported via extra co-occurring voices.

In abstract, the 4 methods of recontextualizing metaphor in information discourse collectively produce the media impact of positioning the quoted metaphor in a definite mild and manipulating analysis in opposition to the unique speaker as quoted voice.

Dialogue: findings and implications


The research displays that the media lodge to all of the 4 methods in recontextualizing the Chinese language president’s metaphor in English information experiences and divulges the interplay of the 4 methods in recontextualization.

Presence of metaphor with literal translation: distorting photographs

The Chinese language and Anglo-American media make salient distinct sides of the metaphor in English experiences. Whilst the Anglo-American media wish to make the metaphorical photographs “our bodies” and “bones” outstanding in headlines and frame texts, the Chinese language media take away them and spotlight their connotations. The Anglo-American media undertake a literal or word-for-word translation, “overwhelmed our bodies and shattered bones” (e.g. (2)) for example, while the Chinese language media choose a unfastened translation that foregrounds the consequences, “fail” (e.g. (9)) for instance. A unfastened translation turns out to decipher the unique intentions of metaphor use, whilst a literal translation would possibly have a deterrent impact on separatism however undertaking a brutal symbol onto the speaker.

Abstraction of metaphor in direct citation: misrepresenting intentions

The direct or oblique citation of political metaphor in reporting is known on a scale of abstraction. The direct quote of the actually translated metaphor unearths a low abstraction (e.g. (1) to (3)) whilst the reported speech of the connotations of metaphor displays the perfect generality (e.g. (9) and (10)). Additionally, an instantaneous citation of the metaphorical photographs would possibly misrepresent the needs of metaphor use in authentic contexts, as they can provide the impact that the quote is strictly Xi’s authentic speech even if the illustration of pictures is a ways from his actual intentions.

Addition of reporting verbs and authorial critiques: repositioning readers

The attitudinal reporting verb plus its authorial evaluative co-text can generate added values for positioning the quoted metaphor and its speaker in media discourse. Whilst the Chinese language media wish to embed the unmarked verbs like “say/mentioned”, the Anglo-American media in most cases insert the attitudinally marked verbs like “warns/warned”. Thus, the interpretation of quotes is already filtered in the course of the newshounds’ lens ahead of getting into into the inside track contexts and directing reader’s critiques.

Association of stories occasions to border metaphor: developing “realities”

The ordering of stories occasions and contextual cues may be an issue of recontextualizing metaphor. The research of the NYT document displays that the reporters “select up” the metaphor and put it into developing the realities of alternative political problems beside the point to the unique context of Xi’s metaphor, which was once contested and suppressed via numerous voices in reporting. By contrast, the China Day-to-day article recontextualizes the quoted metaphor with supportive cues signalled in each the authorial and exterior voices because the textual content focuses only at the authentic context of metaphor use.

Imaginable components for the difference in recontextualization

The recontextualization of metaphor, as a part of discourse observe additional embedded in social observe, is in the long run anticipated to be discovered via the social illustration of the “truth” portraited within the information experiences. This phase explores the linguistic, social-cultural and ideological variations within the rendering and recontextualization of the Chinese language chief’s metaphor in English experiences.

Linguistic distinction: connotation and photographs

The differing representations of the metaphor within the Chinese language and the Anglo-American media experiences replicate the various implications generated from the unique Chinese language metaphorical photographs. The complicated that means potentials of the unique metaphor give the inside track manufacturers extra lexical possible choices in representing the metaphor in English. The underlying meanings are thus matter to be renegotiated in recontextualization. Whether or not the photographs or connotations are explicated within the English experiences can impact the development or positioning of Xi’s symbol and his speech via the English and the Chinese language media. A literal translation of “粉身碎骨”, for example “our bodies smashed and bones flooring to powder”, via foregrounding its photographs in English experiences, would possibly assemble a ruthless symbol of the speaker regardless of the deterrent results on separatists. By contrast, the connoted meanings conveyed within the Chines media document, for instance “be in useless”, would possibly keep away from arousing the detrimental critiques at the speaker. The volatile linguistic manifestations of the metaphor in English in reporting can characteristic to the added price of metaphors in political communique the place the metaphorical meanings are “regularly contested and renegotiated” in interpretation (Musolff, 2016, p. 136).

Social variations

The metaphorical photographs may also be exploited another way in media discourse in keeping with social-cultural settings. Social ideals and culture-bounded considering are inherent in maximum Chinese language metaphorical expressions. The goal of Xi’s use of the metaphor in his remarks is to put across the uncompromising angle in opposition to separatism in China, which is wired in “will fail” and “be in useless” within the Chinese language media (e.g. (9), (10)). Even supposing it’s argued that almost all cultural-specific idioms or metaphors “can not continue to exist literal translation” (Glucksberg & McGlone, 2001, p. 88), maximum Western media choose a literal translation with out conveying the consequences, in part as a result of they intend to stay intact the photographs that serve to build positive narratives with an eye-grabbing impact in media protection of their goal society. The method of lifting a metaphor out of its originated political context and putting it into the inside track context is “tied to a specific social observe or community of social practices” (Fairclough, 2003, p. 68).

Ideological variations

The interpretation of the metaphorical photographs or implications is in step with the ideological ideals and concerns respectively held via the Chinese language and the Anglo-American media, which lend a hand them in telling their very own “proper” information tales in recontextualizing the metaphor, as proven within the research of the 2 experiences via China Day-to-day and NYT. In contrast to China, which values “collectivism, unity and cooperation”, Western international locations impart values on “individuality and aggressiveness” (Pan, 2015, pp. 230–231). The ideological battle may account for the competitive expressions in (1) and (2). Metaphor is an important to the communique of ideology this is in keeping with the intentions which can be professed to be “proper” (Charteris-Black, 2011, p. 51), in which the metaphor-related political problems are narrated or renegotiated within the media discourse. That is mirrored within the NYT document, the place the metaphor is recontextualized some of the voices that display disapproval of China’s stance at the Hong Kong unrest.


The media impact of recontextualizing the political metaphors effects from (1) the misconception as though the phrases had been within the speaker’s exact wording and (2) the forget of the linguistic, social and ideological variations of the 2 language communities. It’s thus virtually illusive for the readers to take the quotations of a political metaphor from every other language in information protection as factual reporting of what the chief has mentioned. The dialogue displays that neither literal nor unfastened translation is enough in conveying the speaker’s communicative intents. On the similar time, the citation and recontextualization of political metaphor in information discourse may also be a great way of positioning the unique audio system, for example both as being ruthlessly brutal in opposition to the separatists proven within the word-for-word translation “overwhelmed our bodies and shattered bones”, or just being assured in discouraging the separatist actions, as within the unfastened translation “any strive via separatists to separate China will likely be in useless”.

Even though some Anglo-American media selected to without delay quote the metaphors translated via the Chinese language media, the latter does now not appear to succeed in a consensus about how the unique metaphor will have to be represented in information protection, in all probability because of the timeliness in information reporting. It’s value noting that some experiences via the Chinese language media additionally manifest the literal and surficial symbol in a relatively normal method, for example, “be smashed into items” and “be overwhelmed”. Such expressions could be borrowed or considered possible applicants for recontextualizing Xi’s metaphor within the Anglo-American media protection, for example, instance (3) the usage of an instantaneous citation of “smashed into items” via China Day-to-day. It’s endorsed that the interpretation of political metaphors will have to be as it should be mentioned and agreed some of the English media of China ahead of spreading the world over and being referred to via the international media.

The battle between the skin photographs and the implicit messages of the Chinese language metaphor “粉身碎骨” bureaucracy a translation downside in media protection. The forget of the implied meanings and the salience of the metaphorical photographs in information discourse would possibly solid the chief as a merciless dictator and additional isolate China in world relationships given the present world political local weather. This will counteract China’s pursuit of cooperation and unity and the spreading of its voice to the sector via media protection.


On this bankruptcy, we’ve borrowed the recontextualization ideas and appraisal machine to increase a style for inspecting other layers of recontextualizing a Chinese language political metaphor in English information discourse. In particular, the 4 methods are known in each the Chinese language and the Anglo-American media experiences that relocate a metaphor utilized by the Chinese language president in his 2019 Nepal discuss with. It’s discovered that alternative ways of translating and quoting the metaphor solid the unique speaker in positive symbol contingent at the built narratives in reporting. In particular efficient is an instantaneous citation of the actually translated metaphor plus further reporting verbs and authorial analysis, which collectively support the media impact of positioning the metaphor and its speaker. Such an impact is bolstered via arranging information occasions for allocating the quoted metaphors. On this method, each the translations and quotations of a international political metaphor would possibly give a contribution to another conceptualization of the political truth built for the objective information readers.

It’s concluded that neither literal translation nor direct citation of a metaphor from a political speech can put across the goal of the speaker or give him a good presence in a information discourse throughout languages and cultures. Such observe is intertextual in nature and comes to the processes of transformations in shifting the political discourse into the inside track discourse. For the reason that choice of Anglo-American media and Chinese language media is unequal, the comparative research would possibly appear now not simple sufficient. On the other hand, it’s nonetheless indicative in their other tendency in representing and recontextualizing the metaphor. It’s laborious to resolve whether or not the English variations via the Anglo-American media and the Chinese language media are the result of planned recontextualization methods or unconscious possible choices, however their variations within the intentionality of positioning the speaker are obvious and of educational hobby in addition to value of stories practitioners’ consideration. Given the dimensions of information and our center of attention on just one metaphor, this kind of end result would should be showed in analysis in keeping with a bigger corpus. Moreover, the correct interpretation of the chosen metaphor and its media impact additionally is determined by the reception of the objective readers. It is going with out announcing that wisdom of the media’s pointers and insurance policies could be of significant assist in figuring out the institutional views in such variations. Sadly, such data up to now stays undisclosed.

Even so, our case learn about supplies a style for illustrating how the citation and translation of metaphors in political contexts function an impressive instrument for developing realities within the arms of stories media. Whilst the effectiveness of metaphor as a persuasive device comes from its skill to support “typical modes of idea” and enchantment to “the already-known as a method of constructing sense of complicated truth” (Lakoff & Johnson, 1980, p. 157), such effectiveness may stop as a metaphor transferred from one discourse/context into every other, and even around the linguistic, cultural and ideological barriers in recontextualization. As published within the case research, the political metaphor that has passed through transformations in recontextualization isn’t able to such reinforcement within the goal language and now not interesting to the objective readers as it’s supposed or anticipated within the supply language. It means that with the alternate of contexts, the interpretation of metaphor recontextualized into the objective textual content will have to now not be anticipated to accomplish the similar functions because it does within the authentic and would possibly even usher in surprising misinterpretation from the objective readers.

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Writer: Andrew Russell